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Buses bring volunteers to clean Ocean City beaches

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Buses brought volunteers from Philadelphia to Ocean City to help clear the beaches of debris and trashed washed ashore by Hurricane Sandy.

The cleanup was organized by United By Blue, an apparel company with a special focus on ocean and waterway preservation.

Two school buses brought in volunteers from Philadelphia to assist with gathering trash and organizing donated supplies.

Sunday's effort was the first in a planned series of cleanups in the coming months.

"We felt really compelled to restart our cleanup season. We have a whole campaign called the After Sandy Initiative, we're working on multiple cleanups not only in the Jersey Shore but all areas impacted by the storm," said United By Blue founder Brian Linton.

United By Blue plans on holding similar events to clean up waterways in Staten Island and Rockaway, New York.

In total 150 people assisted with the Ocean City cleanup.

Some volunteers were local while others were seeing the Jersey Shore for the first time, but all were united with a sense of responsibility in restoring the shore's beauty.

"Where I was living I didn't really experience any sort of devastation or damage," said volunteer Ben Nelson. "It gave me an opportunity to just see how important it is for volunteers like us to get out here and do our part too and help everybody out cause we're all in this together."

As the calendar moves further away from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, event organizers realize the importance of sustained cleanup effort well into the future.

"Its really important that people see this and understand just how important it is for continuous work to be done not just a week or two weeks after the storm," said Linton.

In addition to beach cleanups, United By Blue is offering special t-shirts and hoodies with all proceeds going to fund future beach cleanups and aid Sandy victims.

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